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Hot spring bathing in rural inns.
Climbing the beautiful peaks of Dewa Sanzan.
Driving through spectacular mountainous scenery.
Watching a local summer festival.
Looking out over Matsushima Bay for sunrise.
- Towadako & Hirosaki
- Nyuto Onsen
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.
Day 2 Tokyo
After passing through customs and luggage collection, you're met by an airport guide who will give you your trip documents and direct you to the shared shuttle service which takes you to your hotel. After checking in, spend the rest of the day at leisure, resting and relaxing after your flight. If you do feel like starting exploring, you may wish to walk around the Imperial Gardens.
Day 3 Tokyo
Your guide will meet you today in the hotel lobby to run through your trip and offer any local advice to you so you can enjoy the country with confidence. In the first section the guide will explain your itinerary in more detail and answer any questions you might have. This can take up to two hours so afterwards head out with your guide to see some of the highlights of the city. Perhaps start with taking a cruise up from the Hamarikyu gardens up to the old district of Asakusa to see the beautiful Sensoji temple.
Day 4 Nikko
Day 5 Nikko
Day 6 Matsushima
Day 7 Towadako & Hirosaki
Day 8 Towadako & Hirosaki
Explore the lake area on foot or by hire car. There are lots of hot springs to enjoy if you feel like enjoying the scenery and relaxing.
- Shinzantei ryokan hotel
Day 9 Nyuto Onsen
Day 10 Kakunodate
After a leisurely morning continue your drive through the scenic backbone of Japan to Kakunodate, a town known for its samurai history. Some samurai houses have been restored to their feudal era glory and you even spend the night in a converted samurai residence.
Day 11 Kakunodate
Day 12 Dewa-sanzan
Day 13 Dewa-sanzan
This morning climb the stone steps to the summit of the smallest peak, Mt Haguro. Walk or take the bus back to Haguro for the evening.
- Sanko-in Shukubo, Haguro
Day 14 Dewa-sanzan
Drive to the midway point of Mt Gassan and then climb to the top to visit the shrine and take in the views, an ascent of around two hours. Treat your aching limbs to a dip in the temple's communal bath this evening.
- Sanko-in Shukubo, Haguro
Day 15 Tokyo
Day 16 International return flight
Tokyo , International return flight
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